Students to Build Palm Trees for RecycleMania March 21

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

University of North Carolina Wilmington students will construct life-size palm trees out of recyclable materials 11a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in Wagoner Dining Hall. The event is part of RecycleMania, a nationwide competition to promote waste reduction. The trees will remain on display through the end of March.

UNCW Campus Dining has collected boxes, can lids and 2 liter soda bottles to construct the trees. Students entering the dining hall are encouraged to help with assembly and learn about sustainability in the process. There will be information available about sustainability, including "Recycling by Numbers," which will explain what each number in the recycling system represents.

RecycleMania is a competition between universities across the country. This year, 605 schools are participating in the contest. Over an eight week period, schools report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. Progress is ranked in different categories including paper, cardboard, and waste minimization. UNCW finished second in the CAA last year.

Participation in Recyclemania is just one example of UNCW'S commitment to sustainability. Other examples include recycling coffee grounds, trayless dining, water conservation and waste stream management.

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